Surviving your family’s Spring Break

Traveling with children is often hectic and sometimes downright difficult. Holiday travel is even harder with the crowds. If you and your family are traveling for Spring Break this year, here a few tips to make it a little easier.

Do you ever reach into your bag to get an outfit for your child, and somehow only find one sock, the wrong jeans and a dirty shirt? An easy way to streamline your packing and to keep clean clothes separated from dirty ones is to use Ziploc storage bags. Place an entire day’s outfit; shirt, pants, socks, underwear, and other needed items into a gallon storage bag. You can buy Ziploc bags you can write on and write the day of the week on the bag. When it is time to dress your child, you’ll be amazed at how much less stress and less time it takes to get ready for the day.

Getting There

Most often we think of flying or driving to visit our destinations. Why not try a train?
Many small children are mesmerized by trains (Thomas, anyone?) and traveling by train can be a wonderful teaching tool, not to mention a chance for the family to spend time together and and have an adventure. A great idea for families with young children is to get a sleeper car. This provides nice beds for naps and overnight trips.
If you’re in the United States, Amtrak is pretty much the only deal in town, but it can often be much less expensive than flying. They also have discounts for AAA members, seniors, children, veterans and students. Check out the Amtrak website to see when they come through your town.